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Where Are the Gold Bulls? SchiffGold Friday Gold Wrap Oct. 23, 2020

Gold has been trading sideways for several weeks. But there are all kinds of reasons to be bullish on the yellow metal. So why isn’t the price of gold rising faster? Where are the gold bulls? In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey tries to answer that question and discusses some of the reasons people should be buying gold.The SchiffGold Friday Gold Wrap podcast combines a succinct summary of the week’s precious metals news coupled with thoughtful analysis. You...

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How Long Before This Time Bomb Blows Up?

When governments started locking down economies in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Reserve sprung into action. The central bank immediately cut interest rates to zero and launched what we’ve called “QE infinity.” Since then, the Fed has ballooned its balance sheet by nearly $3 trillion and increased the money supply at a record pace. Along the way, Powell and Company signaled they were surrendering to inflation, moving the inflation targeting goalposts to allow for the...

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Wave of Corporate Mergers Could Put More Americans Out of Work

Last week, we reported on the number of temporary layoffs that are turning into permanent job losses.  Now Goldman Sachs is projecting even more permanent job losses coming down the pike as a wave of mergers, acquisitions and corporate takeovers sweeps through the economy.Goldman Sachs Group president John Waldron warned that we’re going to see more big businesses doing better, but there will be more job losses along the way as large corporations look to consolidate smaller companies.You...

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2020 Budget Deficit Comes In at a Cool $3.13 Trillion

The fiscal 2020 budget shortfall totaled $3.13 trillion as Uncle Sam added another $124.6 billion to the deficit in September, according to the latest Monthly Treasury Statement.That more than doubles the previous record deficit of $1.4 trillion set in 2009 at the height of the Great Recession. The fiscal year ended on Sept. 30. Revenues were basically flat on the year, falling slightly from $3.46 trillion in FY2019 to $3.42 trillion. But total spending soared, coming in at $6.55 trillion....

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Peter Schiff: The Best of Times During the Worst of Times

While most people generally understand that the stock market and the economy do not move in lockstep, there is still an underlying belief that a strong market reflects a strong economy. But according to that logic, our current economy must be historically strong. If this strikes you as strange, given that we are in the midst of a destabilizing and polarizing pandemic, and a period of political risk that threatens the foundations of the Republic, that’s just because you don’t understand how...

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Corporate Bankruptcies Surge; Small Businesses Simply Shutting Down

As pundits and politicians continue to speculate about economic recovery, hundreds of companies large and small are struggling under loads of debt, filing for bankruptcy and closing their doors.In September, 54 more large companies filed for bankruptcy, according to S&P Global intelligence. A total of 509 companies have gone bankrupt this year as of Oct. 4, exceeding the number of filings during any comparable period since 2010.  That was piled on top of the 54 companies that filed for...

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What Is the Retail Mess Telling Us? SchiffGold Friday Gold Wrap Oct. 9, 2020

Regal Cinemas shut down all of its US theaters this week. The company said the closure is temporary, but it reveals the deeper strain in the retail sector. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey digs deeper into the retail mess and talks about what it is telling us about the broader economy. He also discusses the ongoing stimulus debate and the national debt news that nobody is talking about.The SchiffGold Friday Gold Wrap podcast combines a succinct summary of...

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Retail Apocalypse

Less than two months after reopening, Regal Theaters will shut down all 536 of its locations on Thursday (Oct. 8).The company said the closures reflect “an increasingly challenging theatrical landscape” due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Regal says the closures are temporary, but the company has not set a date to reopen.The shutdown reflects broader problems in the retail marketplace that have been exacerbated by COVID-19 and stabs another knife in the narrative of a quick economic...

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The Dollar Bugs Retreat Further….

A Pfennig For Your Thoughts September 29, 2020 * The overnight markets sell dollars!  * What up with the weakness? Good Day… And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! Well, I tried something new for today… I got an instacart app, ordered our groceries and today I go pick them up, and they’ll bring them out to the car! No more having to walk around a grocery store with a face mask on…. ( I always had the feeling that they were going to arrest me with my mask on!) But no more! I could have them...

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Corona Strikes Back In Europe. Will It Boost Gold?

The number of new daily infections in Europe is rapidly increasing, even reaching new heights in several countries. That is just another reminder that the second wave in fall or winter is upon us. Yes, I know. You are all fed up reading about the coronavirus. And yet, the coronavirus is not fed up with spreading around the globe. The number of new daily infections keeps going up, as the chart below shows. Most significantly, the coronavirus cases are in a dramatic rise across Europe. The...

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